My heart is hurting. Andy Griffith has passed away and a little bit of my childhood has gone with him. I have the most loving and generous father any girl could ask for, but if my Dad wasn't my dad, I would have loved to have had Andy. Andy Griffith actually started his career as a comedic monologist, delivering long stories like my favorite, "What it Was, Was Football," which is told from the point of view of a backwoods country boy  trying to figure out what was going on in a football game. Talk about funny!

But of course Andy was known more for his TV series, such as The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD, Matlcok, Gomer Pyle, and guest appearances on tons of others.

Some of the best memories of my childhood were watching The Andy Griffith Show. The cast was so talented and perfect! Sheriff Taylor, Deputy Barney Fife, Aunt Bea, Opie, Goober (who we lost just this past May), Floyd the Barber and all of the Mayberry townspeople. The show was witty, funny, wholesome and it was just the best of the best.

I know this sounds corny, but I don't care -- they just don't make 'em like this anymore.

Let's go down memory lane, shall we, and revisit some of Andy Griffith's greatest moments:

Andy Griffith + Don Knotts on the Today Show

The Andy Griffith "The Fishin' Hole" with Darryl Worley